Contact Tyres have announced the launch of their first foam MTC pre-mounts to the market. The MTC (Mini Touring Car) class has seen an explosion of interest in the last few years and so following a large amount of testing by some of the best MTC drivers in the UK Contact are happy to offer these tires for the class. Available in 4 shore ratings, 35, 37, 40 and 45 they are pre-glued on a very nice and durable 5 spoke wheel with 12mm hex fitting. Trued to 52.5mm diameter, with a width of 25.5mm, they are supplied in pairs.
Fenix Racing introduce a number of new parts for their Mistral 2.0 formula car. First up are the LMP side wings that, when used with parts from the G56, accommodate the use of different links to tune the handling of the car. Additionally there are several new body post locations to fit LMP, Group C or GT3 style bodies and also allow for the use of longer side dampers or side shocks. There are also new formula side wings that provide the option to use different links to setup the car. Next up is a longer carbo Ackermann plate for additional steering settings and finally there is also a new front end brace for the Mistral 2.0. The brace helps improve the front end rigidity for better and sharper steering. Fenix also have two new turnbuckle wrenches in 3mm and 4mm versions, which are pretty cool with their carbon fibre and blue anodised aluminium handles.
From Xpress for their XQ10, this new adjustable Ackermann steering plate allows the user to adjust the distance between the two ballends on the steering bridge through the use of inserts. What this achieves is different Ackermann settings and adjusts how much steering angle difference you can achieve between the outside and inside tires when you turn. By using a larger distance (bigger number) the outside wheel will turn more and create a more aggressive feeling. The 8.0mm insert will make the wheels turn at a more equal angle and will result in a more stable driving car. The other inserts included are 8.5 and 9.0.
Two new items from T-Works, the first being new CVD shafts for the Tamiya TC-01 and XV-01. Suitable for both the front and rear of the car, the new 42mm CVDs have been machined from 7075 T6 aluminium for light weight and hard coated for increased durability. Also new are a set of 10 Tamiya blue anodised 5mm aluminium ball nuts.
Smokem Racing’s new RS chassis plate for the ARC R12 offers reduced scrub compared to the factory chassis. By removing the short arm suspension mounts, the RS design eliminates excess material from the profile that’s no longer required. The new RS chassis also moves the holes for the rear suspension blocks forward by 1mm which allows racers who use ARC’s R12 ATS system with parallel hinge pins to maintain the same wheelbase by using no shims in front of the suspension arms, something that cannot be achieved with the factory chassis without modifying the suspension arms. Meanwhile racers who run the fixed rear toe suspension can maintain their stock wheelbase by using 2mm of shims in front of the suspension arms instead of 1mm. The chassis is made from high quality 2.25mm thick carbon fibre.
Based on the World Champion Infinity IF15, this wide chassis kit from Creation Model converts a 200mm chassis to a 235mm wide version. Compared to the standard IF15, the IF15W features new front and rear shock towers and body mounts, as well as wider tires. The newly designed front one way drive is included in the kit to help produce sharp turn in that matches the racing body. Designed to accept a similar body type to that used in 1/8th scale it boasts unparalleled aerodynamic performance providing higher cornering speeds than that of a regular sedan body. Most of the existing optional parts for the IF15 can still be used allowing you to upgrade your car and improve performance.
GForce have introduce their new neat looking Kamui drift specific motor. Designed especially for the drift class, the motor has been designed to decelerate less than a standard motor which contributes to improved attitude control on low traction surfaces making controllable driving possible. There has also been a focus on keeping the motor from overheating through the use of a special black coating and strategic machining of the can.
Another strong 85 entries event at the Coral Spring RC club for the 2nd round of the FSEARA series. It was a successful event although mother nature totally destroyed the day of practice on Saturday, with the rain destroying both the track condition as well as the pit area. The start of Sunday morning was another rain out, forcing the event to have a further delay. With both the delay and Daylight saving time change, the FSEARA had to change its original 3 rounds of qualifiers to 2 rounds and extend the practice time. As many drivers were coming from out of town it was important to get some track time for the first time after the rain delay at around 10am. With only 2 hours of open practice it was an intense battle royale practice with all classes on the track at the same time.